Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Lately, I've been thinking of the words to a song called "Moses", by Ken Medema. This is a song that we sang in our NoteWorthy choir back in July/August. The words have really been challanging me as I sing it to myself, so I thought I would share the lyrics with you. The words in italics are the narrator, in bold is God speaking, and normal is Moses speaking, figuratively. ;-) Unfortunately, I don't have a recording of our choir singing it, and haven't found one anywhere else that like, having sung it with an amazing choir myself. I sincerely hope you will all get a chance to hear it sung well sometime, though- the music that goes with it is amazing. It was by far the favorite song at NoteWorthy. :-)

Ken Medema (C) 1971 Word Music

Old Moses, way back there in the wilderness.
Saw some smoke... came to the bush, and the bush was burning!
God said,
"Take off your shoes, Moses, you're on holy ground.

Moses, I've chosen you to be my man.
Moses, way down in Egypt land!
Moses, I've chosen you to work for Me,
Moses, I've chosen you to set my people free!"

"Not me, Lord, don't You know I can't talk so good?
I st-st-stutter all the time!
Do You know my brother, Aaron?
He can sing like an angel, t-t-talk like a preacher!
Not me, Lord, I can't talk so good.

And another thing: How will they know that I've been here with You?
How will they know what You've sent me to do?
Don't You know in Egypt they want little Moses' head?
Don't You know in Egypt they want little Moses dead?
Don't You know they'll never hear a single word I'll say?
Maybe You'd better get Your dirty work done another way!
Not me, Lord!

"What's that in your hand, Moses?"

"It's just a rod."

"Throw it down, Moses."

"Do You mean, like, on the ground?"

"Yes, I said, throw it down, Moses."

"Lord, don't take my rod away from me!
Don't You know it's my only security?!
Don't You know when you live here all alone
A man's gotta have something he can call his own?
Not me, Lord!"

"Throw it down, Moses."

"But, Lord, I..."

"Throw it down, Moses."


"Throw it down, Moses!"

Moses threw the rod on the ground, and the rod became a hissing snake!
Well, Moses started running... well, maybe you'd run, I know that I'd run!
He was running from a hot rod! Running from a hissing snake!
Running scared of what God's gonna do, running scared He'll get a-hold of you!
And the Lord said,
"Stop! Pick it up, Moses, by the tail!"

"Lord, You have not lived here very long,
Lord, You've got the whole thing wrong!
Don't You know that You never pick up a hissing snake... by his..."

"Pick it up, Moses!!"

"Oh, God, it's a rod again... it's a rod again... it's a rod again!"

"Do you know what it means, Moses?
Do you know what I'm trying to say, Moses?
The rod of Moses became that rod of God.
With the rod of God, touch the rock and the water will come.
With the rod of God, part the waters of the sea.
With the rod of God, you can strike old Pharoah dead.
With the rod of God, you can set my people free."

What do you hold in your hand today?
To what, or to Whom are you bound?
Are you willing to give it to God right now?
Give it up, let it go, throw it down.

Found on Ken Medema's project Yesterday Revisited
(C) 1989 Briar Patch Records

What do you hold in your hand today? Perhaps God wants to use it as an instrument for the furthering of His glory. All we have to do is throw it down at His feet- are you willing to give your dreams, and things very dear to you to God, for Him to use as He pleases?


Nela said...

Very interesting post, I must say.

I already gave my heart to Christ not too long ago, and I continue to give Him my hopes, dreams, life, etc. to Him to use them as He pleases. Thanks for sharing! :)

Ellyn said...

Thanks so much for this post! I need to work on that...

And the song was funny too :)

Heidi Anne said...

Thanks Hannah.

ajfcello said...

That's really good Hannah!